When I first created this blog back in 2013, it was an outlet for myself. It was early on in my life that I discovered how much I loved writing, and as time went on, this site began to get more traffic, and I soon found that it was becoming an outlet not only for myself but for other people as well. This was an excitingly humbling and terrifying discovery. Though the fear of being vulnerable and sharing my heart through writing for other people to read led me to contemplate deleting it many times, a nudge I was feeling led me to believe it could be used as a way to minister to others. This became greater than any fear that stirred up inside me. Since about the fourth grade, I have had a deep love and desire to write — I am 21 now and can confidently say that I have not stopped since! I am an undergraduate college student pursuing a path towards full-time ministry. I love to preach, hike, run, write, and mental health advocacy is something I am very passionate about as well. I am a certified candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church, pursuing a call to the ministry of an Elder. I heard God calling me into ministry when I was junior in high school, and the journey of pursuing that call has been unlike anything I ever anticipated for myself, but nonetheless, it has been a journey that I would not trade for anything in this world. I write about a wide variety of different topics on this blog, but because Jesus is the foundation of my life, he is the foundation of this blog. I write about topics relating to mental health and mental illness, and frequently write about recovery from such illnesses as well. It is a hope of mine that through sharing about the journey through my own recovery, I’d be able to help others who may be struggling, whether it be through my writing, through the voice I have, or through simply being a listening ear. Because I am pursuing full-time ministry, you will also find that many of my posts relate to church ministry, as well as my faith. All of that being said, really whatever is on my heart, whatever I am wrestling with, whatever I care deeply about, I write about. I am open and willing to have people guest write for me, and if you are ever interested in doing that, please feel free to submit a post for potential publication via the ‘submit a guest post’ page. I value the importance of having our thoughts stirred up by people of different backgrounds, races, ages, ethnicities, viewpoints, faiths, and walks of life, so please don’t hesitate to submit your writing!
My prayer is that my writing would be used as a form of ministry to speak to you in whatever way you may need it, and may every ounce of the glory go to God.
Grace & peace, Ashley O.